If you have missing teeth, you need a tooth replacement option. While this process may be overwhelming, you have many options and a supportive dental team. If you have dental anxiety, it may seem appealing to avoid making a decision and live with missing teeth. However, this is an option that can do more harm than good in the long run.
Your gums rely on your teeth for support. Without your teeth, your jaw bone can begin to deteriorate. Therefore, you need a find a replacement option as soon as possible. Whether you have dental anxiety or want a quick solution, you should consider dentures.
With dentures, you don’t have to wait months for your jaw to heal after surgery. Getting dentures is one of the quickest ways that you can replace your missing teeth. It requires a model of your teeth in order for your dentures to fit your teeth properly. While you wait for your final set of dentures, your dentist will give you an initial set to help support your jaws.
When you get your custom dentures, you can move into your regular routine. It is normal for you to experience mild soreness while your gums get used to the dentures. However, you shouldn’t feel major pain or pinching. Your dentist can make adjustments for a comfortable fit.
For some people, the removable quality of dentures is an added bonus. Removing your dentures allows you to clean them with ease. Compared to brushing your teeth, there aren’t any hard-to-reach places. Therefore, cleaning is a breeze.
It is important to remember that you have to remove dentures every night while you sleep. While your jaws require the support of dentures, wearing dentures too often can cause soreness, sores, and infection.
However, cleaning dentures is simple and easy. You will use a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive cleaner. Then, you must soak them overnight. Water or a denture-soaking solution will keep your dentures clean and moist. Following the care recommendations from your dentist will help make your dentures last much longer.
Unlike other dental replacement options, you don’t have to undergo any painful or invasive procedures. For example, your dentist must surgically place the implants in your jaw. It is a three-step process that takes several months to complete. When you receive the first part of the implant—the post, you must completely heal before you can get the next section—the abutment. This continues until you get the dental crown. Each step requires surgery and a recovery period.
However, dentures do not require surgery. First, part of your dental team will take a mold of your mouth. Then, a professional will create your dentures in a lab. Therefore, you don’t need intense surgery. After your initial fitting, your dentist will ensure that your dentures sit properly and comfortably. It is a simple process that can reduce your stress and discomfort.